Algeria celebrated the national day of remembrance, coinciding with 8 May, the date of the 1945 massacres. On this occasion, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune spoke again about the memory dispute with France. He considered that the quality of relations with the former colonial power depends on the settlement of the memory issue.
« The sorcerer always forgets that the parents of the victim never forget, that is why we will forgive but never forget, » sings the Ivorian reggae artist Tiken Jah Fakoly. Well, Algeria celebrates today the national day of remembrance, coinciding with 8 May, the date of the massacres committed by the colonial authorities on the Algerian population in 1945. On this occasion, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune spoke again about the memorial dispute with France.
He was firm and uncompromising, believing that the quality of relations with the former colonial power depends on the settlement of the memory issue. « Today we are celebrating the National Day of Memory. It must be stressed that the good quality of relations with the French Republic will not happen without taking into account the history and the treatment of the file of memory, » wrote the head of state, in a speech published on the Facebook page of the Presidency of the Algerian Republic.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune assured that Algeria will never, « whatever the pretexts », give up on this issue, on the « file of the disappeared, the restitution of archives and the compensation of victims of nuclear explosions in the Algerian Sahara ». President Tebboune has always held a calm discourse, pleading for good relations with France, while showing himself intransigent on the issue of memory.
On 21 April, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune reiterated that the issue of memory ‘cannot be the subject of renunciation or bargaining’ in the framework of relations with France. In addition, government spokesman Amar Belhimer said on Friday that the « global settlement of the memorial issue » is based on « the official, definitive and global recognition by France of its crimes, described by Macron himself as crimes against humanity, repentance and fair compensation.